With housing firmly established as suitable gambling chip in the world’s stock markets, it is becoming increasingly difficult for those with lower incomes to even rent it, let alone imagining its purchase.
Increasingly, more and more housing needs to be deliberately removed from the roller-coaster ride of speculation if it is to have a hope as a practical means of housing the most vulnerable. That inevitably means rent-controlled social housing of some form.
In the UK, one barrier to successful construction of necessary quantities of social housing is the harsh reality of climate change. Past record is no place to look for answers to this problem. UK housing in general is some of the least energy efficient in Europe.
What hope, then, for new generations of energy efficient power generation, as well as more efficient energy use of power in social homes? Claire Brown, a doctoral candidate at the University of Manchester, provides a broad survey of new technology that can become a part of social housing in a more climate-appropriate UK housing future. Read more in The Conversation: How new social housing can help fight climate change